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St Albans boxer Joe Smyth ready to end injury nightmare
11:30am Saturday 16th March 2013 in Local Sport
Boxer Joe Smyth is ready to end his injury nightmare when he returns to the ring this month.
The top amateur recorded one of the best knock-outs of 2010 and starred in Prizefighter before disappearing off the radar. But he is back in action at the Camden Centre on Saturday, March 23 and hopes to bring belts back to St Albans this year.
Smyth, who has boxed just once since January 2011, said: “I’ve had every injury possible. I seem to train for a few months, then something goes wrong.
“I was busy at the start of my career but I’ve had lots of injury problems since then. I've been thinking of changing my name to Sick Note. But now I can’t wait to get back in the ring.”
Smyth will box a six-rounder on manager Mickey Helliet’s show and hopes to box for the Southern Area light-heavyweight title later this year.
Andreas Evangelou and Leon Senior are scheduled to meet for the vacant belt and Smyth wants the winner.
He said: “I will beat them both in the same night. We’ve tried to get Evangelou to the gym for sparring but he never turns up.
“If he wins the title and I'm his mandatory challenger he has to fight me or give up the belt. I've got to get this fight out of the way, win the Southern Area title, then move on again.”